Open questions

Pablo Melchor
Apr 27, 2018 · 3 min read

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These are the main questions for which I still do not have a convincing answer. This does not mean there are no good answers out there, but rather that I am still not aware of them or I have not yet done my analysis (maybe you can help!). I will be writing a separate post on each of the questions as I make progress.

  • What is the most effective way of shaping a better future?
    Working to improve the long-term future can have a higher expected value than working on short-term problems. However, issues related to the long-term future are subject to very high uncertainty. Additionally, if we could act today to create positive impacts that are sustainable and cumulative (or, in a perfect world, capable of replicating exponentially), that could also be the best way of shaping the long-term future. That is a very big “if”, but I have come across some ideas that I want to explore.

¹ If Alexander Fleming had been born in the equivalent to a present-day slum, what are the chances that he would have discovered penicillin?

A conversation on poverty

A look into the most effective ways of improving poor people’s living conditions

Pablo Melchor

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Entrepreneur, lifelong student, occasional teacher. Helping to develop effective altruism in Spain. https://pablomelchor.com/hello/

A conversation on poverty

A look into the most effective ways of improving poor people’s living conditions